224. Private Benjamin Joseph Bickford277 was born in 1743 in Dover, New Hampshire (Strafford).206,277 He died on 30 October 1834 at the age of 91 in Belgrade, Maine (Kennebec).277 He was buried in Ellis Pond Cemetery, Belgrade, Maine (Kennebec).206 From Dwayne D. Bickford...
"He lived during an exciting period of American history. Born during the reign of King George II, he was a British Colonial subject of His Majesty's American Colonies for 33 years. When members of the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia for the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776, he had already served nearly a year in a regiment of the Massachusetts Militia defending the eastern frontier of Maine. Upon the inauguration of General George Washington as the first President of the new United States of America in 1789, he was 46 years old. He and his wife would raise seven children and all would eventually settle a rather remote area of Maine in 1794, names for another Revolutionary man.*
Such may have been some of the memorable events in his lifetime. When he died in 1834 in his 91st year, he had outlived most of his contemporaries and two of his sons. His final resting place came to be a pine tree surrounded cemetery in a wood near a lake in an unmarked grave. Maybe not a grand exit for one who took up arms so that his descendants might live free, but a more peaceful and serene place could not have been found.
The ceremony was conducted be several representative of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Regent read a convocation and a prayer was said by the Chaplain. About a dozen descendants attended the ceremony.
(This Article appeared in the Bickford Newsletter, published quarterly by Mahlon C. Bickford, who is seven generations descended from Benjamin, and who is to be credited for acquiring the monument, having the engraving done and arranging the ceremony.)
*We assume that the "Revolutionary man" referred to above was Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), born in New Hampshire, served as Captain in the Revolutionary War and accompanied Benedict Arnold on his trek through Maine to the unsuccessful attack on Quebec. he served twice in the U.S. Congress, was Secretary of War under Thomas Jefferson, fought as a Major General during the was of 1812 and was appointed minister of Portugal in 1822. The town north of Belgrade was, no doubt, named for this patriot, and it was to this location that the early Bickford's came. The name "Dearborn" disappeared in 1839, when the southern portion was annexed to Belgrade and the rest divided between Smithfield and at that time Waterville, now Oakland." Lydia Stanton and Private Benjamin Joseph Bickford277 were married about 1761.206,277